When it comes to romantic Valentine’s Day packages, these hotels make rose petal turndown service look like routine flower arranging. From Massage 101 sessions for couples and aphrodisiac tasting menus for two to midnight snowshoeing excursions in the Swiss Alps followed by a gourmet fondue picnic, these romantic hotels offer the most over-the-top romance experiences in the world.—Kristy Alpert
W LAS VEGAS
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas for couples booking the For The Love Of package at the new W Las Vegas. The package starts with a luxury pickup from the airport in a premium ride and is followed by a welcome bottle of sparkling wine and daily in-room breakfast for two. From there couples have a few decisions to make: when to book their couple’s massage at AWAY spa and what tattoos they want to get during their (included) lovers’ tattoo session with legendary tattoo artists Austin Spencer at Studio 21.
GRAND HYATT HONG KONG
Where: Hong Kong, China
Guests staying at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong for Valentine’s Day can book a table at any of the hotel’s fantastic dining venues to experience one of their special Valentine’s Day menus and the chance to pose for the hotel’s whimsical photo booth in the lobby, but the real treat this hotel offers couples for this romantic holiday is behind closed doors. The hotel’s Plateau Spa’s lavish Plateau Suite offers the perfect for a romantic V-Day staycation, where couples can enjoy spa treatments, an infinity-edge whirlpool, and romantic dining (think dim sum for breakfast and freshly shucked oysters for dinner) all without leaving the room.
Where: Gstaad Saanen, Switzerland
Along with a double room decked with red roses, a bottle of Champagne, and artisanal pralines, couple’s booking the Valentine’s Package at Design Hotels’ new HUUS Gstaad will receive a Fondue backpack to fuel their adventure in the Swiss Alps. The backpack comes with all the ingredients needed for a romantic fondue picnic for two, including cooking equipment, crusty fondue bread from Wehren Bakery, traditional or truffle fondue from Schönried Dairy, as well as spices, a fondue pot, warmer, plates, and forks. This Alpine Lodge offers a complimentary guided snowshoe experience, but the staff of locals can easily point lovebirds in the right direction for a midnight snowshoe experience of their own.
Where: Frankfurt, Germany
Love doesn’t end on Valentine’s Day at the Jumeirah Frankfurt as travelers to Germany need only book the hotel’s Romantic Escapepackage by February 14 to ensure they can take advantage of the suite offerings anytime before April 2017. After selecting a room or a suite, couples will instantly be greeted with a romantic welcome cocktail and will be free to take advantage of their complimentary minibar (alcohol excluded), daily breakfast for two, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Although the three-course aphrodisiac tasting menu served at Max on One will only be available for guests staying on Valentine’s Day, the Romantic Escape package will continue offering a romantic three-course dinner at Max on One for any couple redeeming the package at a later date.
LE BRISTOL PARIS
Where: Paris, France
As if getting seduced on Valentine’s Day by three Michelin-starred Chef Eric Frechon at his celebrated restaurant Epicure wasn’t enough, guests of the evening will each be entered into a drawing to win a silver and crystal Baccarat pendant necklace or a free one-night stay at Le Bristol Paris. The hotel’s other restaurant, 114 Faubourg, is offering up a similar raffle where dinner guests end their lavish six-course meal with the chance to win a spa treatment at Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, dinner for two at 114 Faubourg, or a Baccarat designer “Coeur Amor”. The hotel is also running a month-long Valentine’s Day special that includes one night in a Terrace Suite with Jacuzzi, breakfast for two, and a three-Michelin-starred dinner served en-suite and paired with Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne.
Where: New York City, New York
Although the Library Hotel’s range of rooms and suites are geared toward book lovers of all ages, one of the hottest packages at this luxury boutique hotel is decidedly adults-only. The hotel’s Erotica Package is 50 shades of perfect for book loving couples this Valentine’s Day. The package includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, one dozen red roses, a box of Belgian chocolates, a Kama Sutra illustrated pocket guide, and a 7 SINS OF LOVE pleasure kit complete with handcuffs, soft whip, and more intimate items.
RED MOUNTAIN RESORT
Where: Ivins, Utah
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Red Mountain Resort just launched its Sports Performance Package that’s perfect for athletic couples keen on protecting each other’s hearts. The package takes athletes fitness to the next level with a personalized sports performance analysis (i.e., body composition analysis, VO2 max testing, diet and exercise consultations, etc.), daily guided hiking, three nights accommodation, nutritious meals and cooking classes, private MELT sessions, spa treatments, and access to the resort’s fitness classes and other healthy offerings.
PHULAY BAY, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE
Where: Krabi, Thailand
Phulay Bay, the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve property, is nestled just paces beyond the choicest shorelines of the Andaman Sea, and this Valentine’s Day the resort is offering an even more private experience for its guests. Couple’s booking the Valentine’s Day package can spend their afternoon luxuriating by the resort’s infinity pool or opt to take a romantic island-hopping excursion with a private picnic on set on the sands of Hong Island. A 24-hour dedicated butler will be on hand during the stay to take care of any needs from booking jungle expeditions through the waterfalls and hot springs of the area to booking spa treatments, and couples can choose between the Romantic Golden Rose spa package or a Lessons of Love experience at the resort’s spa where they will learn massage techniques to pamper each other long after returning home. The evening wraps up with a special four-course seafood dinner, where couples can sip on complimentary Champagne before returning to their suite to soak in an outdoor rose petal bath drawn specially for two.
SANCTUARY ON CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA
Where: Paradise Valley, Arizona
Spa lovers already know about the amazing relaxation packages available at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain due to the resort’s legendary Sanctuary Resort Spa frequently ranking as one of the top spas in the nation, but guests looking for a true lesson in romance are able to combine the resort’s Romance in Paradise package with a Massage 101 session. Couples can spend 60-90 minutes learning professional massage techniques before heading off to dinner at Elements restaurant while their room or suite is prepared with an evening rose-petal turndown service of chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne.
Where: Miami Beach, Florida
Re-opened in April 2016 as The Confidante, this Miami Beach hotspot is dishing up a truly flavorful experience for its first ever Valentine’s Day with a three-night epicurean romance package. Couples booking the Taste of Love package are welcomed with Champagne, warm red velvet cookies, and boutique chocolates before taking off for three days filled with private cocktail classes, culinary-inspired spa treatments, private beach yoga and meditation classes, multi-course dinners, and aphrodisiac turndown service (i.e., pepper-spiked chocolate and banana, strawberry and fig fondue). To top it off, couples will get the chance to spend the morning shopping through a local farmer’s market with Chef Richard Hales and his wife Jenny to pick out ingredients for their private cooking class with the chef.